Focus on the Patient - July 2015

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Mitigating Challenging Patient Situations
By Michelle J. Hall, CPO, MS, FAAOP, and Ellen B. Snoxell, PhD, ABPP


Do you ever feel your heart sink when you look at your schedulefor the day and see the name of a particular patient that you'drather avoid? Do you ever get behind because a patient hasbrought in far too many concerns-many of which you cannotaddres...

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Building a Better Hand With the HAPTIX Project
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Modern upper-limbprostheses have gottenso mechanicallyadvanced that userscan peel the skin offa grape or fold origamicranes. Whathas remained elusive,though, is the sensation of touch thatable-bodied people take for granted.Without sensation, even...

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The Unmentionables of Health: When Life Gets in the Way of Healthy Living
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


During the 2011 meetingof Health 2.0, an annualconference showcasingways in which new technologiesare transforminghealth and healthcare,Alexandra Drane, cofounderof Eliza Corporation, Danvers,Massachusetts, summarized hercompany's findings about "...

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New York’s One-Limb-per-Lifetime Restriction Attacked With Collaborative Effort
By Peter W. Thomas, JD


It's not often that a focused, intensiveeffort to change a bad publicpolicy results in progress inas quickly as three months, butthat is exactly what happened inNew York State. In short, New York'snotorious restriction-the so-calledone-limb-per-li...

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Special Consumer Feature

The Myth of a Loveless Future
By Rick Bowers


Would you think such a guy doesn't stand a chance on a mainstream matchmaking website? Think again. Jim Haag, for example, ismissing parts of both hisarms and part of his leftfoot as a result of an electricalaccident in 1972.

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Five-Year Case Study of an Infant With Scoliosis Using Schroth Therapy and Chêneau-Type Bracing
By Grant Wood, MSc, CO


Aim This case study presents a description and timeline of applying Schroththerapy and Chêneau-type bracing using Rigo principles (a Rigo-Chêneaubrace) for the conservative treatment of a boy with scoliosis from ages 3 to 8years. Conservative Trea...

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Stepping Out

Aspects of Gait: Part I
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu One approach to understanding foot pathology is to appreciate thesymphony that plays with each step in human locomotion. Theact of walking is a wonderful choreography that is d...

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Sports

eXG Marks Ten Years of Motocross; Series Expands


Adaptive motocross (MX) racing returned to Baja Acres, Millington, Michigan,on Saturday, May 23, as Extremity Games (eXG) marked its tenthyear of sponsoring the event. As with the past few years, three classes wereoffered: Para (or seated), and fo...

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Perspective

CPOh: How to Get More Out of Your Prosthetic Certification
By Peter Seaman, CP, CTP


As an American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC)-certified prosthetist (CP), you may have been told that you would be a more valuable practitioner if you had your orthotics certification too, in other words, if...

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On Topic

Time to Modify
By Erin Cammarata


When I say, "You're getting behind; you need to modify," most practitioners will think about all those patients that they've taken cast impressions for but haven't modified their molds yet. Lab work, right? This month's topic may make your lab wor...

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Letter to the Editor

Re: Quantum Leap: Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Care, May 2015


The following letter is in response to "Quantum Leap: Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Care" in the May 2015 issue of The O&P EDGE. I am writing about a recent article Miki Fairley authored for The O&P EDGE . It was spot on!

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Industry Review - Conferences

ACPOC 2015 Annual Meeting


The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) was held May 13-16 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Florida. The event provided collaborative discussions by a spectrum of healthcare team members through...

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Viewpoint

Focusing on Patient Issues Beyond O&P
By Andrea Spridgen


I believe every issue of The O&P EDGE   is ultimately about patients; after all, they are at the heart of everything you do as O&P professionals. This month, though, we focus on aspects of patient needs that may fall outside the parameters of O&P...

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Online Exclusive

Potentially Far-Reaching Ramifications in LCD Draft Policy for Lower-Limb Prostheses


The Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) have released a local coverage determination (LCD) draft policy for lower-limb prostheses; LCDs are the basis for decisions made by a Medicare contractor's medical review staff in the absence of statute, regulations, or national coverage policy. This particular draft LCD/Policy Article "contains significant revisions from existing Lower Limb Prosthesis medic

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